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Alexander M. Davis Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 D30

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence and accounts of Alexander Mathews Davis, lawyer of Grayson County, Va. Includes several Civil War letters.


  • Creation: 1850-1892


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Alexander Mathews Davis was born in Wythe County, Va. 17 January 1833. He graduated from Emory and Henry College, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Wytheville and in Grayson County, Va. He served in the 45th Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army, rising to rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was a member of Virginia State Senate and served the House of Representatives 1873-1874 in a contested seat. He died in Grayson County, 25 September 1889.


2.834 Linear Feet

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Processing Information:

Box and folder list inventory completed by Zach Woodward, SCRC staff, in February 2011.

Guide to the Alexander M. Davis Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository